The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre which has ever been built. It is also revered as one of the finest pieces of architecture by ancient historians and modern day tourists alike. Capable of holding up to 80,000 spectators, the arena was used for gladiatorial contests, executions, mock sea battles, dramas, battle re-enactments and so much more.
Built during the reign of Augustus, the Pantheon is perhaps the best preserved ancient building in the city. Dedicated to the pagan gods of ancient Rome, the building’s architecture is comprised of intersecting arches that run horizontally around. After the Byzantine Empire gifted Pope Boniface the building in 609AD, it was turned into a church, which it is still used for today. Another interesting fact is that Two of Italy’s Kings (Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I) are buried there.
If you can speak the language of the country you are visiting, then you are naturally going to have more fun. Study Italian in Rome and you will be well prepared for the rest of your journey through the country. You will learn important phrases and sentences and also pick up on keywords which will impress the locals.
Well, it is in the Vatican City technically. But still, it is an iconic and enduring piece of history. The current chapel was built between 1473-1481 and is the official residence of the Pope. What makes it famous is the sheer beauty and splendour of Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement painting on the ceiling of the chapel. Tourists from all corners of the world travel miles to see it and leave with a big smile of their face.
Baths of Caracalla
Emperor Carcalla originally had these baths built for propaganda (rather than hygiene) purposes. The second largest public baths at the time, the Baths of Caracalla were built between 212-217 AD and required 6 tonnes of material everyday to complete. It was estimated up to 1,600 people could use the various baths all at once. Past tourists have noted the sheers size of the ruins, even by modern standards.
Basilica of Saint Paul
Founded by Constantine I, this is said to be the burial place of the apostle Paul, who wrote much of the New Testament in the Bible. It contains a church, a monastery and the tomb of Saint Paul himself.
This ancient entertainment venue was first constructed in the 6th century BCE and became well known for hosting chariot racing, athletic events, plays, recitals and gladiator contests. The capacity crowd was up to 250,000 at its peak. While it is a public park today, a lot of its history remains. Once again, the sheer size of the venue has left many visitors awe struck.
Italian food is well known throughout the world. Travelling through the country’s capital, there is a chance to experience it as it was meant to be experienced. There are some amazing pizzerias, pasta restaurants, bakeries which churn out lovely carbonara bread and so much more. If you take a trip out to the suburbs, you’ll find many places which offer fairly priced, delicious food.
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